"Marvellous Mascarene Island" Mauritius by janiebaxter
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Mauritius in the second largest island in the Mascarenes group, Reunion being the largest, lying in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. It is 65km by 45km and surrounded by coral reefs with mountains in the centre, giving a diversity of climate and activities for tourists. The Dutch were the first real colonisers of the island followed by the French and the British.
The Dutch introduced sugar cane in the late 1600’s and were also supposedly responsible for the demise of the endemic Dodo. The French built the harbour at Port Louis and developed the sugar cane industry. When the British took over they abolished slavery in 1835 and imported paid workers from India to work in the plantations who became the largest ethnic group on the island.
There are many luxury hotels on the island and it is an ideal location for a luxury beach holiday with white sandy beaches, coral reefs, clear blue sea and a warm tropical climate.
Although the Dodo is now extinct there are a few endemic birds still left on the island – the pink pigeon, olive white eye, Mauritius Kestrel and the Mauritius Fody. If you visit Ile aux Aigrettes you will see many of these as well as the giant tortoises. You can see the endemic Mauritius Fruit Bat in the Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens.
Snorkelling is good in Mauritius, although nowhere near as good as the Maldives. We saw plenty of fish of many different varieties and spent a pleasant couple of hours each afternoon on the reef.
- Pros:Weather, Snorkelling, Scenery, Plenty to see
- Cons:Very very expensive!
- In a nutshell:Perfection at a price
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